Pam Dudding
Contributing writer

In a speech that came in the form of a prayer from President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the evening of the dreadful Normandy invasion, the following words were said, “God, they will need thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard, for the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.”


Thousands were in attendance at the Bedford D-Day Memorial Service on Thursday, June 6, honoring the 75th Anniversary. The event was appropriately titled, “The Final Salute.”

Though the facility had planned and placed chairs and large TV screens throughout the grounds, there was no standing room. WDBJ-7 and Framatome assisted in helping to telecast the day’s event.

For many, words were of no value, when they watched the long line of World War II Veterans cross the bridge in front of the Overlord Waterfall, to be honored with a medallion for their sacrifice and dedication, commemorating their valor, fidelity and…



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